A series of programs produced by the Independent Composers Association of Los Angeles in cooperation with the Olympics Arts Festival. Six composers were commissioned to create sound works for radio which could be transmitted during the period of the pre-Games Arts Festival in the Los Angeles area and nationally via American Public Radio. Gail Eichenthal introduces each segment.
Program 1: A new work by John Cage, completed at the West German Radio in Cologne. “HMCIEX” is the work’s title. The title is derived from an alternation of the letters H.C.E. (Here Comes Everybody) and mix. The tape was composed by cutting up the names of 151 countries participating in the Olympic games, into syllables and rearranging them, using chance operations. The tape also includes a compilation of national anthems of the countries. The music incorporates selections from all the countries participating (and boycotting) the 1984 Olympics. (60 min)
[At the request of the John Cage Estate, this program has been withheld from online streaming with the series.]
Program 2: Paul Dresher & Joan La Barbara. San Francisco Bay Area composer Paul Dresher is represented with music based on field recordings made in Bali. La Barbara utilizes vocal sounds which are inspired by athletes’ movements and sounds in events as diverse as diving and shot put. (30 min)
Program 3: Charles Amirkhanian and Pauline Oliveros. Amirkhanian collected sports sounds from numerous Bay Area venues and formed a collage of them in the multi-track studio with football cheers of his own devising. Oliveros uses simple analog electronic techniques to create a meditative sound design of special luxuriance. (30 min)
Program 4: Carl Stone, plus interviews with all composers. This final program contains music using acoustic sounds modulated with digital delay by Los Angeles composer Stone, who played a leading role in the organizing of this radio series. The final 15 minutes of the program includes interviews with all the composers of the series. (30 min)